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Local government: City councils and county supervisors
Whether a dog park is open on Sundays is one of the many decisions local government officials make that affect your neighborhood. Attend a city council or planning commission meeting to hear the discussions behind each decision with an outcome you can see.
County boards of supervisors and city councils usually meet twice a month on the same day of the week, such as the second and fourth Thursdays, or the first and third Tuesdays. You can receive agendas and meeting notices by email and can often watch meetings online or on YouTube. Follow the links below to sign up.
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
Each of California's 58 counties is governed by a board of supervisors. San Mateo County supervisors meet the first and third Thursdays at 9 a.m. in the Hall of Justice, 400 County Center, Redwood City.
San Mateo City Council
The five-member council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays in City Hall, 330 West 20th Ave., San Mateo.
Belmont City Council
The five-member council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays in the City Council Chambers in City Hall, located at One Twin Pines Lane, Belmont.
San Carlos City Council
Five-member council meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays at City Hall, 600 Elm St., San Carlos.
Redwood City City Council
Redwood City's seven-member city council meets the second and fourth Mondays in City Hall Council Chambers,1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.
Woodside Town Council
The seven-member Woodside Town Council meets the Second and Fourth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Menlo Park City Council
The five-member Menlo Park City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
From Cañada College to Congress: Rep. Anna Eshoo
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Cañada College, class of '75, now represents the area where she lives and attended college. She earned an Associate of Arts in English from Cañada College within a decade of the college's official opening. Later she served as a San Mateo county Supervisor for ten years.
Read more about Congresswoman Eshoo and her political career and sign up for email updates from Congresswoman Eshoo here, or visit her Palo Alto office at 698 Emerson St. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Congresswoman Eshoo at 650-323-2984, 408-245-2339 or 831-335-2020.
Federal and state elected officials
Who represents you in government? What do they vote on? Find out who to contact here in the federal level in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives and the state level in the California assembly and state senate.
Congressional representatives serve two-year terms. Senators serve six-year terms. To find current congressional representatives and senators by state, check this Library of Congress website. Check the correct form of address for elected officials on this PLS page.
Federal: The White House
Visit the Briefing Room, learn about issues and contact officials from the home page of the White House.
President Joseph Biden
Read about and write to the President of the United States from this webpage. Sign up for email updates from POTUS and follow him on Twitter.
Vice President Kamala Harris
Contact the Vice President of the United States and sign up for email updates from her office.
Find out what the senate plans to vote on, the voting schedule and more on this website.
U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla
Contact Sen. Padilla through the link above.
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Contact Sen. Feinstein, sign up for emails and get answers to questions and information on issues pertaining to California on this web page.
California has 53 representatives out of 453 in the United States Congress. Two of California's 53 congressional representatives represent San Mateo County; Anna Eshoo and Jackie Speier. San Maeo County falls in both the 14th and 18th Congressional Districts
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
Congresswoman Eshoo represents residents in portions of San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. Her local office is at 698 Emerson St., Palo Alto. Phone numbers are (650) 323-2984, (408) 245-2339 and (831) 335-2020.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Congresswoman Jackie Speier represents residents from portions of San Francisco and San Mateo counties. Her local office is at 155 Bovet Road, Suite 780, San Mateo. Phone numbers are (650) 342-0300 and (415) 566-5257. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Governor Gavin Newsom
California Governor Gavin Newsom posts news and notices on this website.
Tribal Government Advisor Christina Snider
Contact California's Tribal Advisor from this website and learn about California's tribal governments.
California State Senator Josh Becker
Contact your state senator, submit your idea for a bill and sign up for news updates on issues pertaining to the 13th state senate district here.
State Assemblyman Marc Berman
Contact your state senator, submit your idea for a bill and sign up for news updates on issues pertaining to the 24th California assembly district here.
Can you pass a citizenship test?
Take this 100-question test and see your score. Be prepared to answer questions about government, famous activists, U.S. geography and current officeholders. Below is a link to help you prepare for the test. Good luck!
Study for the Naturalization Test
This page includes materials to help anyone study for the test to become a U.S. citizen.
Petition the US government for change. Yes, you!
Anyone can write and circulate a petition to take action or to change laws. Go to this White House website to sign an existing petition or to create a new one. To create a new petition;
- Think of a title that expresses your goal in 120 characters or fewer.
- Choose one to three tags - Civil Rights & Equality, Foreign Policy or Immigration are examples - that fit your petition.
- Write a description in 800 words or fewer of your cause.
Gather 100,000 signatures in 30 days. Once your petition has 150 signatures, it will become available on the White House website.
Read this Washington Post article, "Yes, signing those petitions makes a difference" for more about citizen petitions' effect on our government.
What are we voting on? Find out here.
California ballot measures
Comprehensive, searchable source of information on California ballot propositions from 1912 to the present. The database contains the full text of the propositions, accompanying material contained in the voters' pamphlets, related legal and legislative history, and digital images of the voters' pamphlet.
California ballot measure update
Newsfeed to initiatives currently active in the legislature.
California Legislative Information
This site includes legislative publications starting with the 2017 session. A "Daily Updates" report feature has been added. The report displays, by house, measures for which there was activity the previous day such as new analyses, hearings, placement on the Daily File, amendments, History actions, or votes. Measures before 1999 can be found at http://leginfo.ca.gov.
Find out about legislation, committees and members on this federal website.
United States Statutes at large
Commonly referred to as the Statutes at Large, the official source for the laws and resolutions passed by Congress. Since 1845, every law, public and private, ever enacted by the Congress is published in the Statutes at Large in order of the date of its passage.
File a Freedom of Information Act request
Can't find the government information you are looking for but believe it exists somewhere? First, do a thorough search for the information or report you want. If you can't find it, and you think it exists, you can file a Freedom of Information Act request here.
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